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Easter Trail and Dippers!

Monday, April 9th 2012

Families came and walked around the Easter Trail, answering questions, idenitfying plants and counting the Easter Eggs and rabbits hung on the trees around the trail.  These children found them all and received a little prize.

Child after completing the Easter Trail

Brothers after completing the Easter Trail

Elsewhere on the reserve the first Willow Warblers of the year were heard, a song that will become very familiar again over the summer months.  Down on Risedale Beck a pair of Grey Wagtails were seen and Buzzards were observed displaying over the conifer woodland.

The flowers have recovered from their coating of snow and Primrose, Wood Anemone, Dog Violet and Celandine continue to show their beautiful colours.

Rowan, Holly and Hawthorn flowers are all in bud whilst the Ash trees are in flower, as can be seen below.

Ash tree flowers

Each day there are more insects and bugs to be spotted, including juvenile harvestmen, spiders and a whole range of insects large and small.  Under the logs at the outdoor classroom were many, many slugs (22 under one log!!) and some very young and tiny woodlice.

Meanwhile the bird ringers were out and about locally ringing Dippers.  These birds have already built their nest and are rearing chicks.  The nest below had four young birds and with luck the adults will lay a second clutch.

Nest of Dippers



This is the adult female from the nest above: in all 6 birds were ringed.

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